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and the 142nd day of the deep water horizon disaster the gulf. m keith olbermann, good night and good luck. join us for the live edition of "countdown" every weekend at 8:00 eastern, 5:00 pacific. be there, aloha. >> no backing down. a florida pastor sticks to plans to burn the koran despite worldwide condemnation. texas thrashing, high waters. and, got the moves? a new study on what women like to see in men on the dance floor. good morning, i'm lynn berry. those stories and more are straight ahead. this is "first look" on msnbc.
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we begin this morning with burning heat. a problematic pastor in florida is defying the nation's highest-ranking authority saying he will burn copies of the koran on september 11. with the anniversary of the terrorist attack days away, the church's leader begins it protest on what he calls the symbol of islam has become a lightning topic worldwide. >> outrageous, disgraceful, but constitutionally legal. those are some descriptions of pastor terry jones' plans to pile up koran, the muslim holy book and burn them on september 11. despite pleas, the pastor of a small church in gainesville, florida, refuses to call it off. >> we are not convinced that backing down is the right thing. >> jones says his actions are from a message from god. in jakarta, indonesia, protesters call it a symbol of
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hate, asking the u.s. government to step in and muslims to stay calm. military, political, and religious leaders are among those urging the pastor to cancel the event. >> these acts are called for new hate and violence. >> i'm heartened by the clear, unequivocal, condemnation of this disrespectful, disgraceful act. it's come from american religious leaders of all faiths. >> jones and the dove world outreach center congregation have received hundreds of death threats and church leaders now carry weapons. >> smith & wesson .40 caliber. >> the isolated protest launching interfashional concerns of wide spread ramifications. leanne gregg, msnbc news. last night on "hardball" with chris matthews, chris asked wayne sap whose church is at the center of the koran-burning
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controversy why they're intent on creating a situation where they could be at risk in retaliation for islamic extremists. >> what we're doing is exposing an element of islam that is known to everybody. the missionaries, the soldiers, in these areas where islam is dominant, they know the element they're dealing with. yet they go there anyway. so we're not -- we're not putting them in any situation they don't already or are not already aware. >> there's something illogical. let me ask you this -- >> much greater than what we think is now. >> are you usually wearing a gun or your colleague pastor jones has made the commitment to burn the koran. when did you start wearing a gun? >> approximately three, four weeks ago. >> and why did you start wearing the gun? >> due to death threats against myself and my family. >> because of what? >> because we're willing to stand up for what we believe. >> chris plays "hardball" with
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some of the nation's most prominent politicians, newsmakers and leaders. watch "hardball" on msnbc. the place for politics. in ohio yesterday, president obama turned up the heat on the republican party, continuing the saul on the gop policies that he says put the economy in a rut in the first place. the president chalked up his own economic plan to prop up the middle class by raising taxes on the wealthy. steve handelsman has more. >> in the election year fight over taxes, president obama needs voters to know, whose taxes democrats would hike and whose they would cut. >> we are ready this week if they want. to give tax cuts to every american making $250,000 or less. >> of all of the income tax filings last year, 3% were for those making more than $200,000. >> for any income over this amount, the tax rates would just go back to what they were under
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president clinton. >> most small businesses pay individual rates they say a tax hike would cost jobs. the president proposed more help for small business, $200 billion in business tax writeoffs, $50 billion in new infrastructure spending, $100 billion for a research & development tax credit. to make his proposal, the president picked cleveland, home of his top republican critic, house gop leader john boehner. >> i don't think the american people want anymore stimulus spending coming out of washington. this is nanother short-term spending measure. >> the president went after the republican by name. >> so, let me be clear to mr. boehner and everybody else -- we should not hold middle class tax cuts hostage any longer. [ applause ] >> republican tax cuts for millionaires, said mr. obama, is part of what led to the mess we're in. i'm steve handelsman, msnbc
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news, washington. and here's your first look at some of the other news going on around america today. in california, an armed fugitive wanted in washington engaged the police in a dramatic two-hour standoff forcing the evacuation of nearby buildings. the suicidal man spoke to authorities on a cell phone throughout the ordeal while sitting in a car. the suspect eventually sur ro d surrendered after tear gas was fired. he's being held on an outstanding warrant and parole violation. more nasty weather in texas brought on by tropical storm hermine caused dangerous tornadoes to develop and touch ground. the violee spiraling funnel too down power lines, damaged industrial buildings, even sent a semi slamming into the side of a building. no deaths or injuries were reported. also in texas, video of a woman who became stranded in her car in a highway surrounded by
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gushing flood waters. a rescue crew used a ladder to get to the car, pulled the woman through the sunroof, and lifted her to safety. in south carolina, a nervous dad gave his little girl the surprise of a lifetime. back from a five-month extended tour in the middle east, the master sergeant wait in the hallway and the surprised 8-year-old turned the corner and sprung into her dad's arms crying but happy to once again be daddy's little girl. sweet moment. for a look at your national weather, we turn to bill karins with the weather channel forecast. what a way to go back to school. >> down south, they've been in school for a week or two. >> have they really sfoo. >> it's different. >> all different around the country. >> i used to start middle of august. kids here start in september. but either way, a week, two weeks, what a way to start off -- >> it's debatable. it's a good argument of what's better. you get out earlier too if you live in the south, so --
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>> yes, back to the weather. talk about what's going on out there today. we are watching some interesting things happening. down in the south, we showed you the pictures of the tornado that almost hit dallas with the horrible flooding yesterday near austin. all that rain is shifted to the north. it's in oklahoma, southern missouri, and northern arkansas. and now that area of heavy rain is going to shift a little bit through the ozarks to kentucky in the next day or two. this is what's left over from our tropical storm that made landfall 72 hours ago. it made a slow journey here up through texas, now in oklahoma. at least texas can dry it out today. here's a closer look at the radar. oklahoma city is fine. tulsa, heavy rain last night, an hour or two of light rain. muskogee getting drenched with flash flood warnings. ft. smith to the ozarks, that's what the rain is today. that's where the flash flood warnings have extended here earlier this morning. notice a couple of flood warnings outside of oklahoma
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city. the other story today is the cooler weather. it is beautiful out there today. temperatures this morning have cooled off dramatically from chicago to new york. look at this, 13 degrees cooler right now than we were at this time yesterday. that's because of the cold front that went through. temperatures today, instead of 90, will be about 77 in new york, 70 in boston. everywhere in the mid atlantic will be cooler. the exception once we get down here in south carolina and florida, that's where it's kind of steamy, even in texas. it rained a lot. now they're in the 90s. it' kind of humid. they would love some of this nice fall weather. >> yeah, no kidding. bill, thank you. more jobs open, people are spending less, and why the cost of your morning coffee keeps going up. your first look at the morning's business headlines is straight ahead. also, a game-saving catch and a walkoff in the bronx. you're watching "first look" on msnbc. when i was seventeen, i was not good to my skin.
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welcome back to "first
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look." i'm lynn berry. a federal appeals court dismissed a lawsuit challenging a controversial cia program known as extraordinary rendition that flew terror suspects overseas for interrogation. the complaint was filed by five foreign men arrested shortly after the 9/11 terror attacks who claimed they were tortured in captivity. yesterday's ruling agreed with the obama add administration that state secrets would be put at risk if the legal action were allowed to proceed. former leader fidel castro admits that the communist economic model he put in place half a century ago no longer works for cuba. the same interview which castro himself requested, the 84-year-old criticized iranian president mahmud ahmadinejad for what he called his anti-semetic attitudes and denying the holocaust. new figures showing the number of people dying on the nation's roads have fallen to
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the low elevel in six decades. that's thanks to a combination of seat belts, safer cars, and tougher enforcement of drunk driving laws. listen up, guys. a new study shows which male dance moves are most attractive to women. the researchers who created animations showing the good and bad news concluded the best dancers moved their necks and trunks to the beat like that guy there. and the bad moves move their arms and legs like that guy there. they both looked pretty bad to me. now here's the first look at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow opens at 10,387 after gaining points yesterday. the s&p rose seven points. and the nasdaq climbed 19. taking a look at overseas trading. in tokyo, the nikkei added 73 points. while in hong kong, the hang seng was up 78. the markets were modestly higher yesterday on wall street. where the only thing for sure these days is no one seems to
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know which way the wind is blowing. it was the latest in a string of low-volume sessions, suggesting little confidence in what's ahead. positive banking news out of europe allow most banks here to recover from tuesday's losses. today and tomorrow, the jewish new year will likely lead to more low volume and potential for exaggerated swings. the fed's beige book, the snapshot of the nation's economy confirmed that the recovery has slowed down over the summer. on the brighter side, though, job openings rose in july after two months of declines. that may be a hint that the companies may be stepping up hiring. but consumer borrowing fell again in july with house holds cutting back on credit card use for a 23rd consecutive month. bp rose more than 3% after the company issued the internal report on the gulf oil spill. partners on that rig, tran ocson and halliburton gained over 1%. the no"the new york times"
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on rumors that a mexican billionaire may increase the holdings in the newspaper giant. california is seeking fines of just under $10 billion on a unit of health insurer united health groupaging pacificare violated state law nearly a meal times between 2006 and 2008. coffee hit a 13-year high with the price up 43% in the past three months. and finally, a clever germanfarmer has opened a milk filming -- milk filling -- it's so strange, i can barely say it. it's a station that's open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. customers insert money, they put a container under a nozzle, they fresh a button and it gets fresh milk straight from a cow. only in germany. walk offhomer, and a fan who makes a catch but can't hold on to it.
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welcome back to "first look." i'm lynn berry. as yogi berra once said, "it ain't over till it's over." here's fred roggin. the yankees have the best record in baseball.
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no way the orioles can get him at home. the bronx bombers were able to salvage the series in dramatic fashion. the yanks 2-1 in the ninth. nick swisher steps up and steps out. a walkoff homer with the swisher king. the rays drop 2 1/2 games back of the east. not one but two homers into the monster seats. red sox hit five home runs in all. they beat the rays, 11-5. angels and indians needing extra innings. if it's out, it it's game over. but michael brantley is not having it. it doesn't get any better than that. from exciting to routine. 16th inning, jeff matthews ends wit a sac fly. angels win, 4-3 in 16. to denver, riding a rocky mountain high. hits a towering home run in the third inning to give colorado a 5-1 lead against the reds.
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fifth inning, another bomb. rockies beat the reds, 9-2. funny moment, coco crisp with the homer to left. check out the fan as he tries to make the catch and goes head over heels. he drops into the camera well. he reaches up, gets it. he has it in his hands. as he's getting up, he drops it again. the ball falls beyond the fence. he can't catch a break. at least he didn't break his neck a's won this one, 4-3. now for another quick look at the weather, here's bill karins. did you see that camera guy? >> was that will farrell? >> the camera guy is like reaching down to get the ball. the least he could do was hand it to the -- you know, to the guy that just put his life in danger. >> very important job to sit there and watch the baseball game. >> that's your funny video of the day. >> that was priceless. >> okay. >> let's talk about a priceless
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forecast. this is ideal. this is one of the beautiful days out there. if you like fall weather, the heat is gone. and today is going to be very enjoyable. air conditioner turned off maybe until next spring or summer. because in many cases, it's going to be cool for the next week or two. and we're getting later and later in september. temperatures in the 50s and the 60s. a lot of clouds coming off of the lakes this morning. so if you're upstate new york and upper new england, you're going to deal with clouds mixed with some sun. the big cities on i-95 today should be 70, 80 degrees at most in dc today. very enjoyable. tomorrow looks very similar, lynn, so a break from the heat for some of us. but areas in the deep south, not yet. >> thank you so much. >> sure. well, a female pop star faces sexual harassment charges. plus, snoopy faces the music in court. and you're not going to believe what the judge called her. you're watching "first look" on
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welcome back to "first look," i'm lynn berry. leave it to jimmy to make his audience laugh over a bomb threat on an airplane. >> no explosives aboard a thai airways plane yesterday after a bomb was written on a bathroom mirror. although, i'm not sure being in the bathroom saying about to drop a bomb would make a terrorist. sister wives which follows a polygamist with four wives and 13 children. tlc describes it as jon & kate
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plus five plus three more kates mooins jon plus a different loser in an ed hardy t-shirt. mike tyson and his wife are expecting a baby boy. that's right. tyson said he's already looking forward to playing his favorite game with the baby, got your ear. got your ear. >> tonight's lineup on "jimmy," chef maura batalli and jerry lee lewis. that's 11:35 central time on your local nbc station. it's time now for your first look at entertainment news. the britney spears bodyguard who's opinion threatening a sexual harassment lawsuit filed his papers. the suit alleges spears made repeated unwanted sexual advances and repeatedly exposed herself in front of him. spears mistreated her children in front of them so she could,
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quote, savagely hit her youngest child. elsewhere, dancing with the stars participant will not meet bristol palin's ex lee jie johnston. palin banned johnston from the set. the only person who loves the press more than the palins levy himself. and jersey shore's snooki pleaded guilty yesterday to annoying others in a drunken july beach incident and was sentenced to two days' community service and a $503 fine. the judge scolded her calling her a, quote, lindsey lohan wannabe. lindsey's mom expressed her disappointment to tmz that in her words, quote, that a judge would say that in a court of law. you know the universe is out of whack when dena lohan is making sense. >> snooki is the show. she's the one that's a little
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rational. >> really? >> a little. >> i think your credibility quotient just kicked it down a couple of notches. >> she's my role model. >> i'm lynn berry. this is "first look" on msnbc. stay tuned, willy geist up next. president obama lays out new proposals to fix the xi and trashes it john boehner-led republicans for having no ideas of their own. the question is, aren't the tax breaks laid out yesterday by the president just the kind of thing republicans have been asking for? general david petraeus compares one scheduled koran burning to the images of the prison of abu ghraib in iraq. as the fbi warns the demonstration could incite more terrori terrorism. the question is, will the leader of the florida church go through the plan to burn the holy book on september 11? and vice president joe biden goes on colbert honoring the truth but delivering

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